Podcast: John Williams on integrating with Microsoft’s Azure Orbital

How Viasat’s Real-Time Earth is upping the game for the growing Ground-Station-as-a-Service business


In this episode of the Viasat Podcast, host Alex Miller talks to John Williams, Vice President of Real-Time Earth (RTE) at the company. Following the news that RTE is now a ground station ecosystem partner in the new Microsoft Azure Orbital service offering, Williams addresses what that means for the companies and their customers and what lies ahead for RTE.

John Williams headshot
John Williams

Other topics covered in this podcast include:

  • An overview of the RTE network, how it works and plans for growth;
  • Williams’s outlook on Ground-Station-as-a-Service (GSaaS) as a business in the coming years;
  • How RTE enables more timely data downloads for earth observation and remote-sensing satellites;
  • Some of the excitement and challenges surrounding the construction of the RTE site in Alice Springs, Australia; and
  • Upcoming sites in the works for Northern Europe, Africa and beyond.